Week 6 of 30lbs in 30 weeks. -1 lbs

'Ignore both of them' by Eleni Kalorkoti

I am six weeks into my 30in30 project, which means, I should have lost about 6 lbs. Instead, I have been losing and re-gaining the same 2lbs. Granted, it has been the holiday season, but that is really just an excuse. Clearly, my “self-enrichment” exercises are not leading to healthier living. Since it is a new year and we are all inclined to step back and evaluate where we’ve been and where we are going, I decided to take a look at my work so far.
I am the queen of good intentions. I write thank you letters I never mail. I suggest night’s out but fail to make reservations. In the past 6 weeks, I have done a lot to work on relationships.
One of the primary principles I have been employing is “showing up”.
As Woody Allen says,

“Showing up is eighty percent of life.”

One of my closest friends earns that title in large part because she “shows up.” Every event, birthday party, get together, she is there. It means a lot to me and I know I can count on her to be supportive.
I have been showing up. My husband, Dave, has been playing with Val Emmich and the Veeries. I went to every local show and even traveled with him to Philadelphia and Buffalo. Dave said it reminded him of how we used to be – spontaneous, fun and up for anything. He also said he felt supported and I am pretty sure he appreciated having me in the driver’s seat for the 7hr drive back from Buffalo.
I accepted as many invitations as time would allow, Dave and I hosted a NYE dinner party, and I followed through on several threats to “get together sometime”. I also went home to CO for a long visit and spent time with each member of my extended family.
There were many times I didn’t really feel like meeting for that drink, or making the long drive, or staying up late, but I am glad I did. I really do feel like my relationships improved and I had a lot fun. I even felt younger and more likable.
Now, I need to apply this theory to other things, like the gym! Just get dressed and go! Once there, I know I will be glad I did.
To learn more about my project, 30lbs in 30 weeks, follow my weekly posts here.
Karen Propp is an artsy-fartsy digital geek who sees beauty in a different way. She chronicles the pursuit of happiness and  her weight loss project, 30lbs in 30 weeks, in a weekly feature. You can read the introduction here and follow her journey here. You can also follow Karen on twitter @karen_propp.

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